Property Tax Hike to Pay for More Cops on the Beat in Salisbury

May 28, 2014

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The Salisbury City Council approved a new $50 million budget yesterday that raises the local property tax by percent and spends that money on putting more than 15 police officers on the streets.

The number of officers would go up from 92 to 102.

Council President Jake Day called the new spending a defensible investment.

And Council Vice President Laura Mitchell said she did not want to read about a crime that was preventable by putting more police on the streets.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the tax rate would rise from $8.84 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $9.37.

The vote was unanimous with Council member Terry Cohen absent.

Meanwhile, the city cut the water and sewer rates by 2.5 percent.